Simon Tobin, who coached teams at CSU Bakersfield to a NCAA Division II championship and seven conference titles, accepted the San Jose State University men's soccer head coaching position.
Tobin brings a 305-189-54 win-loss record over 27 seasons in men's soccer all at CSU Bakersfield to the Spartans. His 1997 Roadrunners won the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championship as part of eight NCAA Division I and II championship appearances. Of CSU Bakersfield's seven conference titles, three were in the last four seasons (2010, 2011 and 2012) as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's (MPSF) Pacific Division winner.
"I view San Jose State as a school that offers the ability to compete at the highest level of (NCAA) Division I soccer," says Tobin. "I'm thankful to (athletics director) Gene Bleymaier and the committee for the opportunity and their desire to strive for Division I excellence.
"San Jose State has been a very solid program and always a stubborn opponent (for us). San Jose and Bakersfield have a lot of similar demographics, but San Jose State is a bigger school with more resources to achieve my goal of being a top-10 Division I men's soccer program."
The native of London, England, was named CSU Bakersfield's head coach for men's soccer in 1987. In 19 seasons competing as a NCAA Division II program, the Roadrunners were ranked in the final top-20 national coaches poll 10 times. His teams posted .500 or better win-loss records 22 out of his 27 seasons and won 10 or more matches in a season 17 times.
The 1997 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Coach of the Year is a six-time conference Coach-of-the-Year in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and the MPSF."
Tobin cites CSUB's NCAA Division I Tournament selection in 2011 as his biggest coaching achievement to date.
"It was only our second year of being a fully fledged Division I team. Two members of that team entered the MLS in 2013, Kory Kindle at the Colorado Rapids and L.A. Galaxy star rookie Gyasi Zardes," states the new San Jose State head coach.
"We are very pleased and excited Simon accepted our head coaching position," says Bleymaier, San Jose State University's director of athletics. "He brings a wealth of experience and success to San Jose State and will do great things with our program."
Besides coaching the CSU Bakersfield men's soccer program, he became the first head coach of the Roadrunners' women's soccer team in 1996. In 10 seasons, Tobin's women's squads had five 10-win seasons, shared the 1997 CCAA championship and posted an 82-94-21 win-loss record.
Shane Carew, Assistant Coach
At ELON University Carew helped guide the Elon University men's soccer team to a 15-5-3 record capturing its third straight Southern Conference Tournament title, becoming only the second team in league history to accomplish the feat. Elon returned to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year and hosted the first-ever NCAA Division I postseason event on campus in its opening round match against Clemson.
The Phoenix was a well-balanced unit scoring 39 goals and tallying 44 total assists, ranking third in the total nation in the latter category. Elon's back line defense was also one of the stingiest in the conference, ranking among the top two in goals allowed and GAA. Elon also posted seven clean sheets on the year, tying a single-season record for third best all-time.
The Phoenix went unbeaten at two early-season prestigious tournaments – the John Reinne Nike Invitational hosted by Duke, and the Hilton Garden Inn Classic hosted by UNC Wilmington. The strong play helped Elon jump out to its best start in school history during Division I play and overall in 28 years with a 9-1-1 mark.
Other highlights during the season include a pair of wins against top-10 opponents. The Phoenix first defeated No. 9 Wake Forest, 1-0, on Sept. 17. The maroon and gold then matched its highest win ever against ranked competition on Oct. 29, with a 2-1 victory over No. 6 Coastal Carolina.
Elon had a league-high seven players receive All-SoCon honors, led by Southern Conference Player of the Year Daniel Lovitz. Lovitz became the third player in program history to be named the SoCon Player of the Year after providing 14 points (four goals, six assists) and a few clutch plays for the maroon and gold. Lovitz tied the team-lead in game winners with three, including goals in the Phoenix's top-10 wins against ninth-ranked Wake Forest and sixth-ranked Coastal Carolina.
Lovitz was joined on the All-SoCon first team by juniors Jason Waterman and goalkeeper Nathan Dean. Waterman paced the Phoenix offensive attack with 31 points (team-best 12 goals and seven assists), ranking among the top-10 in the nation. Dean had a stellar year between the posts with a .732 save percentage and six clean sheets, moving into third all-time in school history with 16 career shutouts.
Elon advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history after advancing with a 4-1 penalty kick decision over the Tigers and reserving a spot in Los Angeles, Calif., for a matchup with No. 1 overall seed UCLA.
Elon would end the year ranked No. 22 in the final postseason NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I National Poll. It is the first time ever that the Phoenix has finished the season ranked in the national polls.
Carew joined the Elon’s soccer program in August 2013 after serving as the Executive Director of Coaching for FC Carolina Alliance. As the FCCA Executive Director, Carew oversaw all FCCA Soccer Programs including FCCA Tournaments, Coassic, Challenge, Academy Munchkin, Pre-Academy, Goalkeeping and SAT. Carew holds soccer coaching licenses in both UEFA “B” and USSF “A.”
Carew played collegiately at Charlotte 2001-2003 where he was a three-time All-Conference selection and received National Team of the Week honors for the Charlotte 49er’s. Carew also played professionally in his native Ireland with Shelbourne FC and Kilkenny City and also with the Long Island Rough Riders. During his time at Charlotte, Carew was selected to the Irish National Team to play in the 2003 World University Games in South Korea.
Carew has also served as the director of soccer operations at his alma matter and on the North Carolina Olympic Development Program (ODP) staff. He was also the director of the Boy’s Classic Program at FCCA and is a former president of the Charlotte Area Youth Soccer League (CAYSL).